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The Friends of the Berne Library (FOBL) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help support the Berne Public Library.  The Friends meet on the first Wednesday of most months at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room.  All interested persons are invited to attend these meetings.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6.

Volunteers are needed to help with Music in the Park (Wednesdays @ 6:30 July 12, 19, 26, August 2,9) and Summerfest on Saturday July 22.  Please contact Donna Gwin if you are able to help by emailing or calling 872-2161.

Photography Contest-  The themes for 2018 are as follows:  Hilltown Charm, Selfies, Colors & Shapes, Pets.

The second annual photography contest was held during February 2017.  45 photos were submitted (32 adult and 13 junior) by 21 photographers.  The winners were as follows:





Grand Prize – Adult Division – Pat Aronson
Grand Prize – Junior Division – Axton Pulliam

People’s Choice – Adult Division – Pat Aronson
People’s Choice – Junior Division – Ashley Scofield

Adult Division – Reflections and Shadows

First – Pat Aronson
second – Sarah Raymond
third – Erin Bremer

Adult Division – Joy of Reading
First – Pat Aronson
Second – Heidi Johnson
Third – Kathy Stempel

Adult Division – Hilltowners
First – Millie Zuk
Second – Betsy Buchardt
Third – Erin Bremer

Adult Division – Down on the Farm
First -Pat Aronson
Second – Erin Bremer
Third – Stephanie Baird

Junior Division – Reflections and Shadows
First – Axton Pulliam
Second – Laura Simpson
Third – Ashley Scofield

Junior Division – Joy of Reading
First – Laura Simpson
Second – Ashley Scofield
Third – Axton Pulliam

Junior Division – Hilltowners
First – Axton Pulliam
Second – Ashley Scofield
Third – Laura Simpson

Junior Division – Down on the Farm
First – Ashely Scofield
Second – Axton Pulliam
Third – Laura Simpson

If you would like to receive emails on Friends activities, please send your email address to President Donna Gwin at

Even if you cannot attend the meetings, consider giving this group your financial support.  Membership can be chosen from the following levels:
Bookmark (individual $15 year)
Bookworm (Family $25 year)
Bookend (Family $50 year)
First Folio ($100 year)
Beaver (Volunteer with or without membership)

The Library is also happy to accept donations in any amount and the money will be put to good use. Checks should be made out to Friends of the Town of Berne Library and mailed to the following address:

Friends of the Town of Berne Library
P.O. Box 42
Berne, NY 12023

Please include the following information: name, address, phone number, and email.

If you would like to give a gift in honor of memory of a loved one, please use this form  Giving Tree Info

Click on the following for the current Friends of the Town of Berne Library By-Laws.  By-laws

Officers (May 2015-2018) = President Donna Gwin, Vice-President Marsha Descartes, Treasurer Marion Burghart, Secretary Cheryl Jones.